Florida Home Mitigation Grant Program Nears 35,000 Recipients

May 14, 2008

The My Safe Florida Home program is projecting it will exceed the Florida Legislature’s goal of approving 35,000 homeowners for grants by the end of May, according to Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink .

The first-come, first-served program will stop accepting new grant applications at that time. MSFH will continue to work with homeowners currently making improvements to their homes.

The MSFH program will transition to an inspection-focused program beginning June 2008, offering free wind inspections for eligible homeowners until it reaches the Legislature’s goal of performing 400,000 inspections or until the program sunsets in June 2009.

“With hurricane season less than one month away, I encourage Floridians to sign up for a free wind inspection to learn how to harden their homes against hurricane damage,” said Sink. “The response from homeowners has been overwhelming, and I thank the Legislature for creating this program and allowing us to enable more than 35,000 Floridians to make their homes more storm-resistant.”

Homeowners who have already received an inspection and meet other statutory requirements may apply for a grant online at MySafeFloridaHome.com.

Homeowners are required to provide the MSFH program with proof of homestead and insurance for matching grants or proof of homestead and income for low-income grants.

Source: Florida Department of Financial Services

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